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We’re featuring some of our favorite Etsy artists this season in our catalog and online, including Louise van Terheijdan‘s abstract watercolors!

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How did you get started on Etsy?

I discovered Etsy by accident. I was surfing the web, looking for a handmade gift for a friend. It was the summer of 2010. I immediately fell in love with this handmade community, and I wanted to be part of it!

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Where do you like to turn to for inspiration

At the moment I’m working on a series called Sea Glass And Beach Finds.
 These little paintings are inspired by the beautiful nature of Sardegna, where I’ve stayed several summers. The colors on this Italian island are incredibly beautiful. When I paiant, I like to add my own interpretations to a theme. Painting an imaginary collection of pebbles could lead me to an observation of a human relationship. Figurative images become abstract, and vice versa.

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How does where you live affect your art?

I work and live in the Netherlands in Europe where there is a long tradition of painting. You can find a lot of beautiful museums nearby for inspiration. I’m very lucky to live in a place with one of the best modern art museums, De Pont
, so I can visit this easily which is very inspiring. I love the Dutch painters René Daniëls and Marlene Dumas, for example. Having my own studio in a wonderful old house with an enormous garden is also very inspiring. I’m always surrounded by nature. Living with the seasons in my garden is reflected in my work.

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What are your goals and fantasies for the LouiseArt studio?

I fantasize about making larger paintings because I get so many questions about it. I fantasize about sending my work into the world for others to enjoy! Making art is my full-time job. I love what I’m doing. 
Art is my passion. Realizing that I’m not alone in this big world and that we are all connected in one way or another: That’s what I want to express in my art.



Louise’s framed watercolor is featured on page 64 of the January catalog, and on westelm.com. You can get social with LouiseArt on Facebook.

For more of our featured Etsy artists, see west elm Collaborations | Etsy.

Images: Louise Van Terheijden, west elm

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Alexandra @ Terra Dei Farm

January 11, 2013

This is wonderful! So excited to see Louise and her incredible art here. Wonderful collaboration!

Elen Fom

January 13, 2013

Lovely painting!


January 13, 2013

I love Louise’s work and her words are wonderful, too! May those fantasies come true 🙂

Elena Velanch

January 13, 2013

Amazing paintings, so happy and original! Love Louises art!!!


January 13, 2013

Such a great artist!


January 13, 2013

Amazing feature! I am loving this artist work !


January 13, 2013

I appreciate your bringing up a talented emerging artist in front and introducing her to the people interested. I loved the work of Louise Van Terheijden, thank you…


January 13, 2013

Wonderful paintings!


January 13, 2013

Wonderful painting, they look so good in the room setting!


January 13, 2013

Wonderful artist, amazing paintings!

Heather Torre

January 13, 2013

Louise’s work is so beautiful, and she’s such a wonderful person too! Congrats Louise!


January 13, 2013

Congrats Louise, so nice to see your art in a beautiful surrounding


January 14, 2013

I love the colours of Louise’s art – an inspiration to all!


January 15, 2013

great to see such refreshing colours in beautiful small pieces of art. Please Louise van Terheijden carry on producing this excellent work which can adorn many a wall in all sorts of interiors.

Laine from Ingleside Pottery

January 15, 2013

Beautiful, Louise, I love love love your images.

Walter Silva

March 11, 2013

Congrats on the interview!


May 23, 2013

Congratulations, Louise! Your work is so lovely and will definitely be enjoyed by many.


September 7, 2013

I love Louise’s Art work because of the simple directness of her subjects.
Her works of art are so bright, clear and colourfull and you can feel an immediate bond with the idea and the need of intention why she made these tempting works of art…It always feels like coming home looking at her new and recent artworks. I hope she will do a lot more for a long time!

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